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A trip to Devil’s Den should be at the top of your summer bucket list. Located in northern Florida just a half-hour drive from Gainesville, this underground spring and its environs is considered the cave diving capital of North America. The crystal-clear waters of this underground cavern will make you feel as if you can see straight down to the depths of the Earth.

Discoveries Abound

The water of Devil's Den is a constant 72 degrees — even in the winter months. In fact, the chilling look of the steam rising from the water in the cold winter air helped to give this hole its name. Some of the many wonders uncovered from its depths include animal fossils dating back more than 30 million years, bones of a man dating back to 7,500 B.C, and pieces from a mastodon skeleton and a giant sloth. To this day, divers still make discoveries, including shark teeth.

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Diving Right In

In 1993 this underground spring was turned into a scuba diving facility and training center. Divers with a certification level of Open Water or higher are welcome to dive the 54-foot deep cavern seven days a week — as long as they're accompanied by a certified “dive buddy." As a bonus, Devil's Den promises no wait time for those divers. If, however, you're new to the game, the facility also includes a training program at a separate open-air diving pond, known as the Fish Pond.

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Make a Splash

Not a diver but still want to experience the awes of Devil’s Den? No certification or reservation is necessary to enjoy a snorkeling experience. Easily one of the most popular and accessible ways to enjoy the Devil’s Den, snorkelers can spend two full hours exploring the spring at their leisure. Rental equipment, including mask, fins, and snorkel, are available on-site. Safety regulations require that snorkelers be at least six years old.